NetBEUI on Windows XP SP3? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I know, I know, this very obsolete stuff, but...  I would like to know if there is any way to get NetBEUI running under XP SP3.

    I have a small Workgroup that still has some W2K machines running NetBEUI for file sharing within the LAN.  (TCP/IP file sharing is turned off; I was advosed long ago that it was safer this way because of various Microsoft vulnerabilities in NetBIOS over Tcpip.)  I have two XP XP3 machines on this Workgroup that were upgraded from SP2 AFTER NetBEUI had already been installed, and they are networking just fine.

    Here's the problem:  I am now upgrading one of the W2K machines with a XP SP3 new-install CD -- there is no way to uninstall SP3 and re-install it after NetBEUI.  (Interestingly, NetBEUI still appears in the VALUEADD directory on this CD, suggesting that it might work.)  I have notes from the days of upgrading the other XP machines from SP2, however, that it was necessary to install NetBEUI (the W2K version was recommended because of compaitbility issues with the W2K machines) BEFORE installing SP3, but I don't remember why.

    Can anybody offer a solution (preferably not involving reconfiguring my entire Workgroup)? -- JCW2

    • Edited by JCW2 Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:25 AM more information
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:20 AM


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  • Tuesday, December 13, 2011 3:03 AM
  • Carey, I know how to do it -- have done it on at least two other machines -- BEFORE SP3.

    The problem is that SP3 changed a lot of security-related things including, if I remember correctly, the behavior of NetBEUI.  The article you referenced was published on October 25, 2001.  Everything else I've found was also published or posted BEFORE SP3, which wasn't released until April 21, 2008.

    Does anybody have knowledge specifically of the interaction between NetBEUI and SP3? -- JCW2

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 3:50 PM
  • OK, so I tried installing the (older W2K version, as explained above, of the) NetBEUI protocol and UNbinding TCP/IP from File and Printer Sharing and from Client for Microsoft Networks on the LAN on my new native SP3 XP machine, as I had done for the others.  I rebooted, and the unbinding settings were still intact this time.  (My old notes indicated that these settings would revert to the original, everything bound, configuration after a reboot if and only if NetBEUI was installed AFTER the SP3 upgrade.)

    I haven't tried connecting to the LAN throught NetBEUI from this machine yet -- several other steps to perform first... -- JCW2

    • Edited by JCW2 Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:21 PM Deleted Irrelevant
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011 4:40 AM
  • I haven't tried connecting to the LAN throught NetBEUI from this machine yet -- several other steps to perform first... -- JCW2

    OK, it works!  Sorry for the false alarm.  Apparently when you start from a native XP SP3 install, there is no problem with NetBEUI vs. TCP/IP binding.  You can delete this thread if you think it uninformative... -- JCW2
    Sunday, December 18, 2011 6:08 PM